. Connecticut Object Oriented Users Group, Inc.

A 501(c) non-profit organization     PO Box 230464, Hartford CT 06123-0464   USA        Established 1993
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"Promoting a more common awareness, understanding, usage, and acceptance of object technology"

Quick Facts About COOUG
For more information see About COOUG.


The Connecticut Object Oriented Users Group (COOUG) was formed in Fall 1993 and had its first public meeting on November 11, 1993. In October 1994 COOUG adopted a Charter and By-Laws, and elected a set of officers, directors, and advisors.  COOUG is believed to be the oldest continuously operating Object Users Group in the world.


COOUG has the overall mission of promoting a more common awareness, understanding, usage, and acceptance of object technology by both the business and technical communities within the area.  Our group offers frequent exchanges of information, experiences, and strategies that help software systems to become more flexible and more adaptive to the ever-changing business climate.

Regular meetings are held in the Hartford Connecticut area and focus on presenting practical real-world information on object technology, with emphasis on concepts and strategies that can bring business value and return on investment.

Special interest groups explore object technology topics of more specialized interest.

Non Profit Status

COOUG operates as a non-profit organization per 501(c) Internal Revenue Service.


COOUG has several financial sponsors who provide sustaining funding for meeting expenses, certain speaker reimbursements, and other ongoing expenses.  COOUG also has many supporters who contribute books, magazines, products, and other items of value to our attendees.  COOUG acknowledges sponsors with a "thank you" on the web page and a small amount of promotional web page space.  If you would like to sponsor or support COOUG, please take a look at our Sponsor Agreement.


COOUG publishes a web page at http://www.cooug.org containing meeting notices, events, and items of interest to the professional community. An E-Mail meeting notification is sent from time to time to those with internet addresses.


COOUG is based in Hartford Connecticut and generally holds meetings in and around Hartford.  The monthly Users Group meeting typically attracts about 50 attendees. Special events have drawn almost 300 attendees. Of the attendees, generally a third are new people who have not attended before and the remainder are on the regular COOUG mailing list.

About 70% of the attendees come from the Hartford County area, with most of the others coming from the counties New Haven, Fairfield, Litchfield. There are a few attendees who travel from lower Massachusetts and a few from Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.

Job Categories

COOUG attendees fall into six broad categories.
Executives include corporate upper management and small business owners.
Managers include supervisory and second line managers.
Programmers include engineers and related technical professionals.
Analysts include internal corporate consultants.
Consultants contains individuals and members of larger consulting firms.
Other includes auditors, writers, instructors, and managers of those areas.


Attendee Familiarity with Object Technology

A profile of attendees was made in Spring 1995. COOUG attendees have a normal distribution of experience with objects. This distribution cuts across the various job titles and also across the company representation



Company Representation

Electronic meeting notices are sent to more than 600 people who come from 100 employers and eight universities. Many of these notices are redistributed by recipients to other interested associates.

Many of the major companies represented by COOUG have an extensive investment in legacy systems which are integral to their business operations.

Aetna Life and Casualty
Aetna Health Care
AlliedSignal Engines
American Management Systems
Ames Department Stores
Andersen Consulting
Atelier Research
Automotive Controls Corp.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of CT
Bristol Technology, Inc.
Business Transformation Design
C.W. Costello & Associates
Cabletron Systems
Cadre Technologies, Inc.
Cambridge Technology Partners
Cap Gemini America
Carr Communications
Carrier World Headquarters
CHCP Community Health Plan
Command Systems
Computer Horizons
Connecticut Natural Gas
Continuum Co
Coopers and Lybrand
Custom Metal Crafters
Digital Communication Services
Early, Cloud & Company
Executive Risk
First National Supermarkets
Flexi Software International
General DataComm
General Reinsurance
Gerber Systems Group
Grolier Electronic Publishing
GTE Laboratories
Haestad Methods
Hamilton Standard
Hartford Reinsurance
Hartford Steam Boiler
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
HBO & Co.
Howard Systems
H&R Block Systems
Industrial Risk Insurers
Intermedia Sciences
International Tobacco Co
ISR, Inc
The Hartford
John Hancock
Kaiseki Publishing
Liberty Mutual
Linc Systems
Lockeed Martin
Loral Federal Systems
Meca Software
Mergent International
Mitre Corp
Northeast Utilities
Nu-Mega Technologies
Object Management Group
Object International
Otis Elevator
Oxford Health Plans
Patricia Seybold Group
Perkin Elmer Co
Phillips Media
Phoenix Home Life
PHH Homequity
Pierson Application Development
Pitney Bowes
Polymer Technology Corporation
Pratt & Whitney
Rational Software
Scan-Optics, Inc.
Sensor Engineering Company
Shawmut Bank
State of Connecticut
SVG Lithographic Systems
Systems Group
TelePartner International
The New England
The Torrington Company
Travelers Inc
Uniroyal Chemical Co
United Health Care
United Illuminating
US Health Care
V-Mark Software
Yale-New Haven Hospital
Womens Specialty Retailing


Boston University
Hartford Graduate Center
University of Connecticut
University of Hartford
University of New Hampshire
Western Connecticut State
Western New England College
Yale University


Last updated: April 13, 2003       Please send corrections and ideas to Terry McAuliffe